British produce starts to get exciting in May, but really comes into its own in June. The veg patch grows by the day and needs to be thinned out before things become too tangled.
British strawberries are synonymous with June and Wimbledon of course. They, along with raspberries, rhubarb (garden, not forced) and gooseberries herald the start of the great British fruit season. It will soon be time to take advantage of the abundance of fruit around & get jam making!
We do, of course, see British fruit in the supermarkets much sooner these days. That’s due to them being grown in industrial polytunnels and under glass. Personally, I much prefer to wait until their ‘true’ season. The more things are available, the less special they become.
Gooseberries are only around for a short time (you don’t see them in supermarkets very often), but if you can get hold of them in farm shops & markets, they are wonderful in jams and tart tasting desserts. Gooseberry fool anyone?
British vegetables are now in abundance. Lots of British asparagus still around, but we are now spoilt for choice with salad vegetables like radish, lettuce, watercress & spring onions making their appearance in the garden, along with things like broad beans, new potatoes, peas, French beans and many others.
I love all the lovely veggies we can get hold of now & look forward to opening my organic veg box each week with so much choice.
Don’t forget – check those labels, and make sure you buy British!
- Broad beans
- French beans
- Globe artichokes
- New potatoes
- Rhubarb (outdoor)
- Spring onions
- Sugar snaps